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. it is teasing us. we're going to hang out and see what happens, until they run us off the island of. >> evacuation orders are already in eect on okra island, and more are expected today. many are not waiting for orders. preparing to ride out the storm. >> i will be in the basement if need be. we have plenty of supplies. >> the entire east coast now anxiously awaiting an unwelcome guest, hurricane earl. officials will meet later this morning to discuss the possibility of evacuation's and it to continue to prepare for earl. jay gray, wbal-tv 11 news. >> you can follow earl's pass on our website, wbaltv.com. we will begin live coverage beginning tonight as hurricane earl moves closer to maryland. how local emergency officials are preparing for the storm. >> an 83-year-old woman claimed she was sexually assaulted inside her home. >> she said she was raped. police say they need your help to find him. we have more details. >> police have been handing out fliers and asking the public's help in finding the man they say raped the elderly woman. the suspect broke into her home around 1 in the
accident in the city. use extra caution. speed sensors not indicating any real delays, except perhaps at the north side. 52 on the west side. 70 looking smoke coming in towards the beltway. five minutes to travel south on 95 to the fort mchenry. this is a live view of traffic at harford. very light so far this morning. liberty looks equally smooth at this hour. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back over to you. >> thank you. hurricane earl -- there have been evacutations. >> the area could start to feel the effects of earl later today. kristen dahlgren has more. >> earl strengthen, bringing with it powerful waves. >> earl is a big unknown. >> do you board up? >> i have not yet. >> officials warned the slightest change could bring a direct hit. either way, the winds are now less than a day away. mandatory evacuations are now under way. watches and warnings from north carolina all the way to new england. >> he hurricane is coming and i am hoping we can make it back into town. >> vacationers pack in their weekend plans, heading for safer ground. on long island, arenas took boats o
and encouraged and we're really keeping our fingers crossed. >> a lot of us are pulling for michael douglas. also coming up, we're going to be talking about this wedding couple, this wonderful melissa and jeremy, we have been talking about the reception, and the rings, now the wedding scene. we're going to be talking about that, because it's an important thing for the couple. >> what else is going on? >> also a lot of parents busy assembly school supplies, but a lot of kids are more concerned about their new wardrobe. i laid out all my clothes. >> that's why you're always so put together. >> a lot of parents are putting together wardrobes for their kids and you want to do it on a budget. we're going to tell you what the coolest kids are wearing. a little glitter. >>> natalee's standing by at the news desk who's got a check of all the headlines. >> good morning, matt, ann and tamron. and as they mentioned, the east coast is bracing for a brush with hurricane earl and this morning evacuations were ordered for cape hatteras and ocrocoke island. meanwhile fema teams are in puerto rico and the virgin
stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. we have some good news. >> we have great news. upper 70's and plenty of sunshine. one more hot day today. hurricane earl is a category 2 storm, 85 miles southeast of cape hatteras. they are dealing with tropical storm force conditions right now. it is moving at 18 miles per hour. like recent wind and rain later this morning and maybe early afternoon in ocean city. then clearing nicely there as well. on friday, 87 to 90, one more hot one. the wind will pick up. there is more cool air behind that front. that will pave the way for a lovely labor day weekend. more coming up. but now let's check on your morning commute with kim dacey. >> looking pretty good also as we start the labor day weekend. in ellicott city, eastbound not, there is a a downed pole and some downed wires at waverly woods drive. it is on the shoulder. there are some crews on the scene. otherwise, we are looking good. we're up to speed on the inner loop topside, eight minutes. 895 park between 95 on the south side and the h
friday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. >> earl has been downgraded. it was a category 4 storm. >> it was big at one time. >> it is a category 2 right now. it is all off shore. it gave a glancing blow to the outer banks last night. there were tropical storm force winds, some higher gusts up to about 70, 74. around ocean city, not much impact yet. there is some light rain. tropical storm force conditions are possible. there is a warning for the ocean city area. the flood advisory for the west side of the bay has been canceled. things are now looking good for the chesapeake bay. we are in store for an awesome friday. we have clouds last night and a front will be pushing through later on tonight. that means food news for the weekend. there will be plenty of sunshine. further details on hurricane earl in just a little bit. but now a year from the commute. >> we have just one incident to talk about. there is a downed pole at waverly woods in ellicott city. otherwise, we're lookin
home. jennifer franciotti joins us for more on the investigation because police are asking for the public's help. they are hoping somebody saw something that will lead to his arrest. >> it is terrifying. it's a nice neighborhood. i do not know what to think. >> this is the second situation i have heard of it in the neighborhood. there was a home invasion a couple of houses down. >> residents have a mixed reaction to word of a sexual assault in their neighborhood. the attack happened on monday morning. a man broke into a home in glen bernie and sexually assaulted an 83-year-old woman. >> it is a disturbing crime. we will do everything we can to bring this case to closure. >> police are looking for a white male in his early 20's. officers are stepping up neighborhood patrols. they advised neighbors on better ways to protect themselves. >> have a motion detector lighting. secured your front door, your windows, at any gates, make sure you lock those. >> anyone with information is being asked to call anne arundel county police. now back to you. >> police are investigating a pair
of newborns who use popular sleep positioners. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. this is ridiculous. the facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray that is hot enough to melt plastic. one person at the pool said he had his hair cinched from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with tore ren sal rains and threat of flooding on the east coast. weather channel jim cantore is on the east coast. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. if i said we set three and four and five day rainfall records, that probably doesn't mean much but when i put the numbers on it, we had 20 inches of rain in the last four days. here comes the rain again. we had enough of break this morning the waters receded a little on this road. you can see the water line. it came up another two feet when we got the period of heavy rain. that's what we're worried about. when these periods of heavy rain come in, will they produced flooding. schools are closed and even t
who is on the scene, live in silver springs to bring us up-to-date. >> this is a very dynamic and developing situation. we are getting ready news. authorities giving a news conference at this very moment. it appears that three hostages since i have just been released safely. authorities are telling us exactly what happened with the gunman. the had been negotiating with him for the last four hours. terrifying moments as a gunman carrying what looked like a bomb took hostages inside the sprawling discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. >> he came in, he was wearing what appeared to be metallic canister devices on his front and back. he also pulled a handgun out and was waiting a handgun. >> but most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what is happening until they were being evacuated. >> a little confusing, a little scary, not really sure what was happening. >> the man was carrying what looked like a disk -- an explosive device. >> we are going under the assumption that it could be explosive devices. >> the building also has its own da
caused damage and it's still motoring north and there's more on the way. nbc's tom costello starts us off in chevy chase, maryland tonight. tom, good evening. >> good evening to you. in fact, the east coast has been struggling through drought conditions, but today it got hammered. it started out with heavy rain, then flash flood and tornado watches from the outer banks of north carolina all the way north to new jersey. it was the dead of night when howling winds and the heaviest rains in months swept through the mid-atlantic. flooding neighborhoods, homes, roads, and making a mess of the morning rush. in metro washington, it caused one city bus to slam into another, injuring 26 passengers, including eight high schoolers. >> neck pain, back pain, minor lacerations and abrasions. >> reporter: the d.c. area is expecting seven inches of rain by the time this moving out tonight. >> we've got many creeks and streams out of their banks. >> reporter: in myrtle beach, south carolina, the water has much to have city in a stand still. >> hopefully it will drain off in the next day or so, but right n
mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. we are not too worried about earl in baltimore. >> that is a good point. we will not feel any of the affects of earl around baltimore. at stuff will be at the beach. we're shooting for a high temperature in the low 90's. it will still be hot. mostly sunny skies. we will give you the whole scenario on earl and what to expect this weekend. first we say good morning to sarah. >> we have a disabled vehicle on the outer loop at reisterstown road. it does not appear to be causing a delay. the rest of the speed sensors are in great shape. northeast side the harrisburg expressway is checking out fine. so far so good at their. seven minutes on 895 south down to the harbor tunnel tolls. eight minutes on the inner loop from 795 over towards 83. this is the east side and so for it looks good in both loops. the entire beltway is delay-free at this time. not picking up any delays on southbound 95. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> hurricane earl has regained some
overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you. >>> police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what was going on until th
hills, north carolina, for us tonight. ron, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. as earl marches toward the shoreline, time becomes all that more important, perhaps separating safety from imminent danger. though today produced yet another beautiful sunrise over cape hatteras, thousands are clearing out for what lurks beyond, earl. >> safety first. >> reporter: the storms are expected to start whipping north carolina's outer banks in the coming hours. >> our week is cut short. >> reporter: voluntary departures in kitty hawk, tourists and residents are leaving little to chance. >> if it stayed out to sea we'd be okay. if it comes in, we don't know. we're not going to ruin our vacation by being in bad weather. >> reporter: earl's changing vacation plans in the open water as well. today a carnival ship docked in florida instead of a planned stop in the bahamas. at the navy's home in virginia, crews readies aircraft carriers and battleships to move. >> we pride ourselves on being ready to do whatever needs to be done. >> reporter: in new jersey, the surf is getting ro
glad hurricane earl did not do anymore damage, but i could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tol
trigger other evacuations within the watch and warning areas. >> give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right, i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift to the west. >> when you talk about a sudden shift, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to land? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here, this shows you the win shear as it goes across cape hatteras. in that area it's hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. of course you'll have tropical storm force winds al
and then nova scotia later on. for us, things are looking great. take a look. it looks like we're going to see a nice day today. 20 degrees cooler tomorrow with plenty of sunshine. a great labor day weekend. >> i am increase with your use of sports terminology for in the weather. >> i do not know any sports terms. i will adjust to the traffic for you. we have went situation in ellicott city. there is a downed pole on eastbound 99 all morning. it is not causing any problems as far as backups borat delays. crews will be on the scene. just something to be aware of. otherwise, live drive times are looking good. six minutes on 95 north between 100 and the beltway. seven minutes and no delays to worry about. this is ocean city. coastal highway looking pretty quiet for this time of the morning. we switch over to a live view closer to home and things a quiet on the inner and outer loops. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> our big story, hurricane earl drops down from a category 4 to a category 2 storm. >> is happened last night. visitors and some residents were already under an evacuation orde
hurricane earl with us online. our a hurricane tractor shows the past and its potential to brush ocean city. that is on wbaltv.com. we have a school closing to pass along to parents. baltimore county schools will close two hours early today because of the heat. crews are on the scene of a building collapse and west baltimore to it happened just before 11:00 at west baltimore street. no reports of any injuries. a building inspector as been requested and bge will shut off utilities. and anne arundel county neighborhood is on edge as police search for a man who sexually assaulted an 83-year- old woman. he broke into her house on monday morning and once inside the home, they say he raped the victim and flooded the area. police are looking for a white male in his early 20s. right now they only have of a description -- havea vague description. >> have lighting in place, always a deterrent to criminals. any dates, windows, make sure you -- lock thoseyou gates -- gates, windows, make sure you luck to those. >> another motion to exclude evidence and the prosecution of three men charged in the murde
that that is all about to change. the mayor told us they are ready for the hurricane. >> we are going to see some items blowing around, things that do not get secured. we do not think we are going to see anything dramatic. >> i guess it is time to go on home. >> some tourists were cutting their vacation at short because of the storm. others, the groote hurricane ike, will ride out -- who rode will rideane like out earl as well. restrictions were in place all over the beach. alive cards are not taking any chances. they are only letting -- life guards are not taking any chances. they are only letting swimmers go in a certain amount. many people are wondering if they can reschedule their treip. >> they say the north carolina is closing. rb going to follow suit? things of that nature -- are we going to follow suit? things of that nature. >> we have our plans in place internally in that the city. we are ready to clean up quickly after the weekend and be ready for business. >> the ocean city emergency operation center will be opening at four o'clock tomorrow morning to keep a closer eye on the storm. w
, probably more with a 40-to-50-mile-per-hour winds and rain. officials tell us that while they are taking precautions, they're not going overboard. o'malley, 48 hours before -- normally, 48 hours before the estimates, there would be securing rights, but there are no plans to shut them down and secure them. we're also told the folks should not evacuate. stay put. that is another good sign that it should not be too bad for folks in ocean city. for folks who are putting down here for the labor day holiday, don't change your plans. >> it should be out of here by late friday afternoon. i will encourage everybody to monitor the storm, watch local tv and radio stations, and make a decision. i don't think there will be any problems traveling. >> the mayor says the probably the biggest concern they have right now heading into thursday will be folks swimming in the ocean, because there will be keeping a close eye on what is going on out there and will have to keep swimmers out of the water for a certain period of time. that is looking like more and more that will definitely be a possibility. we wil
: he's used to audiences hanging ones i every word. today eddie long's congregation is likely to be rapt in attention like never before. members of his church and a satellite church in north carolina allegedly pressuring them into sex after they reached the legal age of concept. >> manipulation starts at 14 or 15 so basically they are indoctrinated into this man and then he goes forward with the next phase. so the law may not recognize that as child molestation, but manipulation of someone like this and abusing the pastoral relationship this way is not consent. >> reporter: long avoided the public spotlight, issuing messages through a spokesperson and his attorney who read a statement on a nationally syndicated radio talk show. >> let me be clear. the charges against me and new birth are false. i have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. but my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. >> reporter: debate on air and online has been passionate on both sides with the motives behind the lawsuits taking center stage. 20-year-old maurice ro
to the u.s. combat in iraq officials today. obama was quick to point out that this was not a victory speech. >> the president's speech from the oval office last about 15 minutes. thousands watch as he made the monumental announcement, including those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the years since the war began. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. >> as the president made the formal announcement, hundreds of hundreds -- hundreds of thousands of homeless and intently, including rosemarie in baltimore. >> i will probably cry tonight. they will be tears of joy and tears of sadness. >> her son was killed october 15, 2005. he had been there for two months when his hummer was hit by an 18-wheeler and exploded. >> i do not want any parent or any family to have to endure the hurt that i have. it is like it happened yesterday. >> the president focused great deal on what still needs to be done in iraq and afghanistan. 50,000 troops will stay in iraq until the end of 2011. >> advising and assisting the iraqi security forces, supporting iraqi troops in counter-terrorism missions. >> rose marie said
duty to vote. >> voting early is the same process we are used to on election day. it is the same electronic voting machines and the same check-in process. the only difference is where you vote. >> they do not go to the regular precinct. >> to find an early voting polling place, go to our website, wbaltv.com. >> early voting for the primary election runs through thursday, september 9. there will be no voting on sunday. we have posted a link to all the early voting locations on our website, wbaltv.com. just click on politics. >> even though private employers hired more people in the last three months, the unemployment rate went up because not enough jobs were created to absorb the growing number of people looking for work. the jobs report was not great, but it was reassuring enough for starks to jump this afternoon. -- for stocks to jump this afternoon. >> the good news going into this labor day holiday, private employers added 67,000 new jobs in august, making a double-dip recession seem less likely. the bad news, unemployment went up any way to 9.6%, showing once again in the eco
're asking people to use common sense precautions to prepare for tropical winds. that is what we are going to get. >> trash cans were moved off the beach. they are expecting some minor flooding. overall, they are feeling confident that ocean city will be spared from any major damage. >> we will get through this. this is another storm. we feel comfortable with the forecast. we are ready to go and ready to clean up quickly. >> here is another live look at some of the surfers out here in the inlet. again, they are the only ones allowed into the water. very quickly, we're told the emergency center operator will be here for a limited time tomorrow morning. it is going to get serious tomorrow. i am getting wet. look at my pants. is that fair enough? i went in and got dirty. we will see what happens. we will have another live report for you at 6:00. >> you get all to the news, all. he is sending updates to our live wire at wbaltv.com. you can get updates from him and the weather service. you'll also find links to the live wire on our home page. >> here we go again. another oil rig fire is burning
parties with the midterms fast approaching. >> michelle obama will use her popularity and influence in six state where is democratic candidates are in trouble. this as lisa murkowski is being accused of trying to split up the republican party in alaska by starting a write-in campaign for her senate seat. we're going to have more on all of this coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> talking about controversy, that custody battle between mel gibson and his estranged girlfriend. the actor apologized for his behavior in those intimate phone conversations. so why is so much of their dirty laundry being aired so publicly and is oksana behind it all? this morning their attorneys speak out in an exclusive live interview. >>> and that british girl who just won the title of america's perfect teen. how do her fellow contestants feel about that? we're going to talk to her when she joining us from wales in a live interview. >> reporter: the president can be particularly effective raising money for democrats and he'll do that again "today," but democrats will now pass the popularity of the first lad
. if you're watching us on wnne 31 white river junction in vermont. definitely more than just fixal. got all fired up. six artists from vermont in near buy shelburne at the shelburne museum. >>> the question is are you fired up today. >> i am a little bit. >> good. >> not sure why but i am. >> i haven't seen you for a while. all right. see you soon. here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. back in the '80s greed was good but today at the box office greed is just okay. the long awaited sequel wall street's money never sleeps won the box office title this week but fell short of expectations taking in only $19 million. the experts blame that underperformance on failure to attract the younger crowd. a whopping 65% of wall street's audience was over the age of 30. also underperforming this weekend legend of the guardians, an animated fantasy adventure cost $130 million to make and some picked it to win but it only managed second with a little over $16 million. perhaps the weekend's top performer was ben affleck's the town. that raised the ten-day total to over $49 mi
. >> the game plan to get the word out ask even to use good common sense and caution. prepare for tropical winds. that's what we're going to get. >> heading into the evening the percentage officials moved life guard chairs and trash cans off the beach as they're expecting debris to blow around. they're expecting minor flooding. they feel confident that ocean city will be spared from major damage. >> we're going to get through this. this is another storm. we have plans in place. we're ready to go and clean up quickly and get the weekend back up for the visitors. >> the emergency operations center will open at 4:00 in the morning to make sure everyone is on the same page and no extra precautions need to be taken. as far as us, we're going to follow the storm as well. we'll have updates for you starting tomorrow morning on 11 news today. and for now in ocean city, tv 11 news. >> of course -- beach patrol is monitoring the storm and warning beachgoers to be on alert. and a number of patients with beach related injuries will end up here. >> i spent
, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurricane warnings in effect still for the northern half of the coastline of north carolina. we also have tropical storm watches and warnings all the way up to new england. hurricane warnings for parts of new england as well. the big problem is going to be the storm surge. not so much the rain. it's going to be the storm surge, anywhere from two to four feet of storm surge, some areas picking up five feet of storm surge, but make no mistake, rainfall is still going to be an issue. we're talking about rain that could be anywhere from two to four to six inches, some areas picking up seven to ten inches of rain, especially as yo
that used the word for the ocean roiling. i never heard that term before. but this ocean has been roiling since we got here. >> reporter: and roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of north carolina needed to declare a state of emergency. >> people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it's just going to come close to our coast, we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in a blink of an eye, it changes. >> reporter: the last big storm to hit north carolina, hurricane isabel in 2003, killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the eastern u.s. >> between the personnel, the vehicles, and also four warehouses fully stocked with blankets and food and water. the red cross is ready. >> reporter: while earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above. >> the strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. just unbelievable view of the planet. you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds. >> reporter: and, of course, the question is, where is earl going? we've go
businesses for a slow holiday weekend. >> everybody's disappointed including us. our season will be over here in short time anyway. we like to take advantage of that, but safety first. >> they have asked us to leaf. we'll have to cut our vacation short this year. >> reporter: further north on the midatlantic coast from virginia to delaware, it seems beach vacations continue uninterrupted, for now at least. surf's up in ocean city, maryland. >> it's been a long time since the city's had a really bad hurricane. i'm afraid we're overdue. >> reporter: locals are challenging earl to see just how bad a hurricane he will be. ron mott, kill devil hills, north carolina. >> reporter: i'm peter alexander on long island. already earl's pounding surf and dangerous rip currents extended the shores of new jersey and new york. there are beach closures in places where extreme weather can actually attract a crowd. >> i don't want to see people endangering themselves. caution's the word. >> reporter: at this marina, henry has hauled more than 100 boats to safety. in the last two days. >> the tidal surge will be
a second and see all the nice people who are gathered with us in rockefeller plaza, outside our window on the world, on what is already warming up to be a bit of a steamy day here in mid town manhattan. on the plaza, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and tamron hall joining us this morning. nice to have you here. >> thank you. >> coming up we've got a horrible story. a story about this gunman who took hostages at the discovery channel headquarters outside washington, d.c. what is really bizarre about the story is during the standoff he actually spoke to a producer here at nbc news. we're going to hear some of what he had to say. also talk much more about hurricane earl bearing down on the east coast of the united states. could make landfall around north carolina sometime late tonight, maybe tomorrow morning. al as you can see is down in kill devil hills in north carolina. he's going to give the latest on that storm, including some mandatory evacuations already in progress. we'll get to him in a couple of minutes. >> plus want to get to a complicated case involving an ohio woman who b
to under 50 points. the nasdaq gained 62. u.s. auto sales are no longer you're helping to lead an economic recovery and it is not just the big bands of taking a hit. will general motors all sales fall 7%, ford, 5%, subaru salt -- saw sales fall more than 7%. economic fears are also forcing car manufacturers to hold back incentives, which also drives potential customers away. there is a bit of good economic news locally him. maryland gained about 46,000 jobs from june to july. the report also alludes to a potential jump in the nation's unemployment rate to somewhere above 95%. maryland's rate still remains well below that figure. as we first reported earlier this month, the state is dealing with a pretty large surplus tonight to the tune of about -- the bulk of that comes from tax revenue. the surplus will be dumped into the rainy day fund and the baltimore business journal breaks down the numbers even further. we have a link to the story on wbaltv.com. parents, new research may have you thinking twice before cutting down on your kids for sleeping too much. we will explain. we'll tell you h
down at the outer banks. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and tamron hall, who has been helping us out this week. >>> hurricane earl is messing up a lot of labor day plans. for the rest of the country, people are gearing up, they hope, for a great three days off. this morning, we have tips to make that holiday, labor day weekend, go smoothly. >> if you're looking for more than a weekend away, thinking about relocating, how much you can get for your money across the country. how much house can you get for between $300,000 and $500,000? being from texas, i know that varies greatly. once i moved to new york, i was stunned what you can get for an apartment. >> is that barbara corcoran today? >> i believe so. >> okay, good. >>> before we go any further shall let's go inside. natalie is filling in at the news desk and has the headlines. good morning. >> good morning, matt, ann and tamron. >>> new numbers on the nation's unemployment rate shows that it rose to 9.6% for august, up .1% for july, the first increase in the unemployment rate in four months but less than analysts were expecting
explosion of the gulf coast. stay with us. now i can stop pain from any angle-- with no mess. (announcer) new icy hot spray. relief that's icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. and no mess. new icy hot spray. don't mess around with pain. >> new york city police are investigating the death of a girl who weighed just 15 pounds. the girl had a medical condition affecting her lungs. she was found dead in this york city apartment. her mother is being questioned because the girl only weighed 15 pounds and the police found bruises on her arms and twine in her crib. the mother admitted time the girl as a form of punishment. the fire on thursday came less than five months after the explosion of the deepwater horizon oil rig that killed 11 people and was the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history. this time, no one was killed. because guard says that no crude-oil is leaking. still to come, there's a dramatic increase in the number of military veterans being treated for sleep apnea. find out what doctors say may be causing the problem. >> earl is off shore and a cold front to the west.
-coordinated robbers who used a stolen pickup truck to crash into a store and steal an atm machine. police say the band of thieves got away with a couple hundred dollars using another stolen vehicle to smash into the machine. unfortunately, damage done to the start is worth more than the money and the machine combined. >>> in texas, police seized nearly 20,000 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $10 million. the mature four-to-12-foot plants were found in a densely forested area outfitted with an irrigation system and lookout platform. no arrest have been made. >>> and in florida, a miami dolphin training session came to a complete stand still when defensive end lang ford lost his 2.5 carat, $50,000 earring. he forgot to remove his jewelry before practice and ended up losing one. the line searched the field but to no avail. brutal. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, we check in with bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >>> good morning, everyone wants to know in light of what it's doing in the carolinas, what is it going to do to cape cod. a tropica
correspondent rehema ellis is here to tell us more about it. >> it was an exciting event. for two hours the teachers were inspiring about the job that is stressful and extremely demanding. right now the teacher's job is under critical review because of what is and is not happening in the classroom. america's public school students are in trouble. on nearly every major ranking the results are disappointing. 40 years ago american students were first. now among 30 developed nations our skutudents rank 24th in mat 17th science and 10th in read g reading. nationwide nearly 70% of our students graduate from high school, but among african-american, latino and low-income students, just over 50% graduate each year. the state of education in america was the subject of a teacher town hall discussion in new york's rockefeller plaza moderated by nbc's brian williams. about 300 educators joined 2300 more online to share ideas, to brainstorm, and in part to vent. >> are teachers, do you feel, under attack right now? >> teachers cannot fix every problem. try as we do, and as responsible as we feel for
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